Apple debuts Find My network for third-party accessories
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Apple's new Find My network accessory program means users can keep track of non-Apple devices and belongings through the familiar Find My app.
Following the announcement of the feature at the 2020 WWDC, and the release of a Find My Certification for third-party companies, Apple has now officially launched its program for adding other devices and items to users' Find My network. Companies licensed under Apple's Made for iPhone (MFi) program can have their accessories tracked by the app.
"For more than a decade, our customers have relied on Find My to locate their missing or stolen Apple devices, all while protecting their privacy," Apple's vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, Bob Borchers, said in a statement. "Now we're bringing the powerful finding capabilities of Find My, one of our most popular services, to more people with the Find My network accessory program."
"We're thrilled to see how Belkin, Chipolo, and VanMoof are utilizing this technology, and can't wait to see what other partners create," he continued.
Those companies together produce what Apple describes as "the first group of innovative third-party accessories that work with Find My." The include e-bikes from VanMoof, and wireless earbuds from Belkin.
"We're always striving to provide the very best end-to-end experience for our riders," said Job Stehmann, Chief Product Design & Technology Officer at VanMoof in a separate statement. "[We're] so proud to introduce our Find My-enabled bikes as one of the first brands to join the Find My network accessory program, an achievement made possible by our talented in-house developers."
"It was an exciting opportunity that opens up new possibilities and ease of use for our riders worldwide." he continued.
Existing or new products can be connected to the Find My network by MFi signees. Apple stipulates that such connected devices must display a "Works with Apple Find My" badge, and that manufacturers adhere to all its privacy requirements.
Alongside the announcement of the program, Apple says it will be launching what it calls a draft specification for chipset manufacturers. Due out "later this spring," the specification will allow third-party firms to utilize the more precise location technology, Ultra-Wideband technology in U1-equipped. Apple devices.
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